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Special Issue on Theatre Architectures

Deadline: 17 January 2019

Theatre and Performance Design is an international peer-reviewed journal of scenography. Publishing innovative artistic practice alongside theoretical research, the journal critically evaluates the effect of scenography on the aesthetics and politics of performance and facilitates dialogue amongst practitioners, scholars, and audience.

 The journal will publish articles on all aspects of design for performance in the fields of:

- theatre
- dance
- music theatre
- site-specific, immersive and virtual theatres
- spatial design and architecture

In addition to peer-reviewed articles and visual essays the journal engages with the practicalities of construction and production by considering the impact of new materials, techniques, and technologies on the process and realisation of the performance event.

 Editors Arnold Aronson and Jane Collins are pleased to announce that Dr Andrew Filmer, Aberystwyth University, has agreed to guest edit a special issue of the journal Theatre and Performance Design on the topic of Theatre Architectures (Autumn 2019; Vol. 5 No. 3)  and we are now seeking proposals for submissions.

This special issue on ‘theatre architectures’ proposes an examination of the relationship between theatre and architecture that focuses on the work of scenographers, performance designers, and interdisciplinary spatial artists. Theatre and performance design is a field concerned as much with the authoring of social space and experience as it is about the specifics of design for theatrical performance. Scenography’s expanded and inclusive critical remit embraces a wide range of spatial practices and new media as well as exploring the agency and performativity of objects and materials. So, how are theatre and performance designers engaging with and re-authoring architecture, and what are the implications of this for the design of theatres and performance spaces? How are these artists’ projects redefining the possibilities of contemporary performance space?

This issue invites contributions that explore how expanded practices of theatre and performance design can shift our understanding of theatre architecture and performance space and open up new possibilities for social exchange and interaction. Looking beyond the theatre building as historic artefact, this issue will consider how designers are exploring and exploiting the performativity of architecture and challenging its presumed fixity. Recognizing that site-specific, relational, and spatially inventive modes of working have in many respects rejected traditional theatre architecture, this issue will also explore how these practices can also re-enable theatres and performance spaces to perform valuable roles as dynamic sites of artistic production, communal gathering, and social expression.

This special issue of Theatre and Performance Design, ‘Theatre Architectures’, invites contributions from scholars and practitioners in the form of scholarly articles, visual or photographic essays, interviews and dialogues/conversations.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Interdisciplinary encounters between performance, scenography, and architecture
  • Artist-led approaches to the design of theatres and performance spaces
  • Projects and practices by architect-scenographers
  • The appropriation, occupation and/or détournement of theatre architecture
  • Critical and creative re-appraisals of existing theatre typologies
  • The spatial performativity of theatre buildings.
  • Performative relations between theatre architecture and urban space
  • Performance Architecture
  • Imagined and unbuilt theatre architectures
  • Theatre architecture and the construction/contestation of community and identity
  • Performance space at and beyond the edges of the urban


Submission Details

In the first instance proposals should take the form of a 300 word abstract to be submitted to editorial associate Nick Tatchell at tpdjournal@arts.ac.uk by January 17th 2019.

For accepted proposals the deadline for full articles (6000-8000 words) or alternative forms of submission:  June 24th 2019.




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Editorial information

Guest Editor:
Dr. Andrew Filmer, Aberystwyth University

Arnold Aronson, Columbia University
Jane Collins, University of the Arts, London

Associate Editors:
Simon Banham, Aberystwyth University
Christopher Baugh, University of Leeds
Thea Brejzek, University of Technology, Sydney
Dorita Hannah, University of Tasmania
Sodja Lotker, Prague Quadrennial
Scott Palmer, University of Leeds
David Roesner, Ludwig Maximillians Universität of Munich

Reviews Associate Editors:
David Bisaha, Binghamton University, State University of New York
Lucy Thornett, University of the Arts, London

Editorial Associates:
Claire Mokrauer-Madden, Chelsea College of Arts
Nick Tatchell, University of the Arts, London